Ci*vil"l*ty\, n.; pl. Civilities. [L. civilitas: cf. F. civilit['e]. See Civil.]

1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.]

Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin. --Sir J. Davies.

The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization. --Trench.

2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.]

To serve in a civility. --Latimer.

3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.

The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be. --Chesterfield.

The sweet civilities of life. --Dryden.

Syn: Urbanity; affability; complaisance.
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